The fifth film and fourth incarnation of Jack Ryan is headed to the big screen with Chris Pine taking on the title role of the CIA Operative. The previous actors to have portrayed Jack Ryan were Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October), Harrison Ford (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger) and Ben Affleck (The Sum of All Fears).
Here’s the trailer for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
In a story taking place prior to the original Jack Ryan stories, Ryan is a young stock broker working for a billionaire in Moscow before joining the CIA. When the billionaire he is advising frames him for a terrorist plot and kidnaps his wife, Ryan must race against time to clear his name, stop the plot, and save his wife.
The film is directed by Kenneth Branagh (Thor) from a script by David Koepp (Mission: Impossible, Spider-Man) and Adam Cozad. In addition to Chris Pine, the cast includes Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley, and director Branagh in the villainous role. The last time Branagh was the main villain in a blockbuster was 1999’s Wild Wild West, so let’s hope this one turns out better.
Tom Clancy, author and creator of the Jack Ryan novels, passed away just this week. Hopefully we’ll get a solid action movie that will honor Clancy’s legacy. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is set for release on December 25th.